If you’re someone that struggles with sleep, you’ve probably heard it all… Turn the television off, make sure your room is dark, count sheep, don’t drink caffeine, don’t take naps, etc… And the list goes on. We hear the same tips to falling asleep quicker over and over again, but for some of us, it’s just not that easy. If you think you’ve tried it all and are at a loss, we’ve put together some unconventional tips for falling asleep that you may not have tried yet.
Force your worries
You may feel sleepy and think you’re ready for bed, but as soon as your head hits the pillow, your mind starts racing at a million miles an hour. Are you someone whose thoughts keep you up at all hours of the night? This may sound a bit odd, but schedule a time during the day to give yourself 15 minutes to get out all of your worries and anxieties. Keep a journal or tell a trusted friend anything that is on your mind. Getting all of these thoughts out during the day can help to have a clear mind at night and therefore rest easier. You may even want to keep a notepad by your bed just in case thoughts pop into your head in the middle of the night and you need to jot it down.
Many people say that napping during the day may keep you up at night, and this may be the case if you’re considering 1-2 hours a “nap.” When we say nap, we mean a quick 20-minute power nap to refresh you. It will help you to be more alert during the day, but not interfere with your sleep at night. If you do choose to take naps, try to take them at the same time each day so your body will regulate itself. Early afternoon, about an hour after lunch is the optimal time for a nap, as your body typically should naturally feel sleepy at this time and it will not affect your falling asleep at night.
Get a Fan
Fans do double duty to help you sleep; They provide your room with soft background noise, and also work to keep your room cool. Having a cold, quiet room is essential to falling asleep. When the room reaches chillier temperatures, you can cozy up under your heavy blankets or covers, which typically gives people a feeling of soothing and security.
Invest in a More Comfortable Mattress
If you find yourself tossing and turning, trying to find a comfortable position all throughout the night, it may be that you need a new mattress. Finding a mattress that is firm enough to support you, but soft enough to be comfortable is key. With hundreds of options out there, don’t settle for an old bed that no longer provides comfort.
Contact the Mattress Experts at Siesta Sleepworks
If you’re having trouble falling asleep and think it may be partially because of your old, uncomfortable mattress, contact our team at Siesta Sleepworks! We’ll be happy to work with you to find a mattress that fits your specific needs.